Results 521–532 of 532 for speaker:Jamie Halcro Johnston

Scottish Parliament: Youth Employment (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Does the minister agree that youth unemployment remains a significant challenge? If so, how does he justify the cuts to schools and training in this year’s budget?

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am pleased to speak in today’s debate as my party’s spokesman on jobs, employability and training and as a representative of the Highlands and Islands. I echo my colleague Dean Lockhart’s comments: where we can find common ground with the Scottish Government we are more than willing to work with the Government to...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I want to get on, please. We have been contacted by a businessman, who said: “Government is not making it easy for businesses to be competitive whilst affording our young people employment opportunities”. He warned that the way in which the Scottish Government has implemented the apprenticeship levy “puts the good employers at a disadvantage in terms of business development and...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I want to get on, please. We want the money that is raised by the apprenticeship levy to be spent on apprenticeships, not diverted by the Scottish Government to other programmes.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: Although the Scottish Government’s announcement of 30,000 apprenticeship places by 2020 is welcome, it is not new.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: This is just another rehashed policy being reannounced, and it will still leave us falling behind other parts of the UK. The Scottish Conservatives want to go further. We want the new apprenticeship levy to be invested in 35,000 apprenticeship places by 2021.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I will.

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I am glad that the minister admits that the Government is not investing money where it said that it would. We want to see 10 new skills academies across Scotland by the end of this decade, similar to the successful digital skills and coding academy, CodeClan. We would reverse the SNP college cuts, with an extra £60 million every year for the sector. Looking wider, we would encourage closer...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I will finish, if the minister does not mind. We should aim to create a system of taxation that recognises the distinct needs of sectors across Scotland. Meanwhile the traditional industries of farming and fishing are facing real challenges. Incomes in the rural economy have fallen over recent years and adequate support is essential. That support, however, needs to be paid on time and that is...

Scottish Parliament: Programme for Government 2017-18 (6 Sep 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: We need a Scottish Government that is up to the challenge of addressing those issues. Unfortunately, yesterday’s programme for government suggests that the current Government is both out of touch and out of ideas.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (21 Jun 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: First, I declare an interest as a partner in the farming business of J Halcro-Johnston & Sons as well as the owner of a croft. It is with great pride that I make my maiden speech as a member of this Parliament and as a representative of the Highlands and Islands, an area that includes my own home of Orkney. I am particularly delighted that my parents have been able to make it here today....

Scottish Parliament: Oaths (20 Jun 2017)

Jamie Halcro Johnston: I, Jamie Halcro Johnston, do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, her heirs and successors, according to law, so help me God. [ Applause. ]


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